Two independent garden centres change hands

Garden centre agent, Alexander Mackie has sold two independent garden centres.  The first in Lincolnshire has been bought by the British Garden Centre Group; the second in Essex goes to an industry newcomer. Read more

Chapel Garden Centre

Bronze Age problem for Westland

Westland Horticulture has run into trouble with conservationists over the continuing extraction of peat at an archaeological site at Mayne Bog in Coole, Co Westmeath after a Bronze Age oak road was discovered in 2005. Read more

Two Welsh garden centres join The Great Western Partnership

Two Welsh garden centres join The Great Western Partnership as the buying and marketing group seeks to expand its membership. Read more

Steve Searle, Store Manager at Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre

Glee is back with a vengeance!

For many exhibitors it was the best Glee for several years, although not everyone was as pleased. Read our news from the aisles of Glee. Read more

Bayer replaces Thiacloprid

Bayer is replacing Thiacloprid in its insecticides, although it is not one of the banned neonicotinoid class. Read more

BlackRock buys 8 UK garden centres for £112.5m

BlackRock has acquired the freehold of 8 garden centres from La Salle Investment Management, whose tenants are Wyevale, Notcutts or Squire’s. Read more


Westland explains what Sinclair brings to the group

Westland’s Edward Conroy has outlined his plans for Sinclair, saying there is a lot to do at Ellesmere Port.  The company is suspending the use of green waste. Read more

Edward Conroy (L) with Dermuid Gavin at the opening of new plant at Dungannon

Delamore buys Botany Bay Nurseries young Plant Business

Delamore have purchased the Young Plant business of Botany Bay Nurseries in a deal that centres around the needs of Botany Bay’s customers. Read more

Fiskars appoint Richard Carr as new Commercial Director for UK

Richard Carr joins brand leader Fiskars to lead the company's growth plans as Commercial Director of the UK business. Read more

Richard Carr, Fiskars new Commercial Director

Vitax appoints new Irish distributor

Vitax - one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of garden and horticulture products - has appointed a new Irish distributor as part of its strategy to grow its presence across Ireland. Read more

Tesco accused of confusion by Which?

A Which? Member has drawn attention to Tesco’s packaging of plant feed and weedkiller which look remarkably alike. Read more

B&Q responds to Which? Gardening’s campaign to date compost

B&Q is to test the lifespan of different formulations of compost in response to Which? Gardening’s campaign to date bags. Read more

Town & Country shakes off its dated image

A year ago, faced with falling sales and a reputation for being dated, Town & Country embarked on a strategic business review. The result is a new vision for the brand. Read more

Next step for Blue Diamond’s long planned Leeds garden centre

Blue Diamond’s long held plan to replicate the octagonal Le Friquet garden centre at Leeds has taken a step forward. Read more

Klondyke quashes Weavervale rumours

Rumours that Morrisons would be buying the Weavervale garden centre in Northwich have been quashed by Klondyke. Read more

Floralands makes it nine for H&G

Floralands Garden Centre in Nottinghamshire has joined the Homes & Garden Group stable. The sale was a leasehold deal handled by Quinton Edwards. The purchase price was not revealed. Read more

Which independent garden centres are expanding?

With the likelihood that further independents will announce they are selling to Wyevale, Gardenforum examines what new garden centres are being built and which sites are getting bigger. And is 'an independent' still a useful term? Read more

Restaurant at Groves, Bridport

Klondyke secures HSBC backing to renovate five sites

Klondyke has renegotiated its facilities with HSBC that secures a multi-million pound investment as the garden centre group evolves from traditional garden centres. Read more

Weavervale Garden centre

Two garden centres sign for new extensions at Glee

There was double success for Smiemans at Glee as two garden centres signed contracts for new buildings. Read more

Charlie Groves signs for a new Smiemans building

Bradshaw predicts strong growth in the sale of online garden products

WGC’s Kevin Bradshaw predicts extremely strong growth in online sales of gardening products and plants as the group prepares its own Multichannel solution. Read more

Wyevale CEO says consolidation is no big deal

WGC has a stronger pipeline of potential acquisitions than at any time since Kevin Bradshaw became Wyevale CEO. However he is concerned about the negative attitude within the industry towards consolidation. Read more

Westland promises stronger partnerships with growers

On the eve of Four Oaks Trade Show, Westland promises that Sinclair is committed to forging stronger partnerships with the growers. Read more

AMA identifies trends that will benefit sales of landscape materials

AMA Research suggests that sales of landscaping materials will grow more modestly after a volatile period but says trends like artificial grass will benefit the market. Read more

Good first half for Marshalls

Landscaping products specialists Marshalls saw its first half revenue grow 11 per cent. Read more

T&M owners weighing up sale options

Primary Capital, the private equity owner of Thompson & Morgan, is considering its options for the sale of the Ipswich-based business. Read more

Brian Magrath, ceo

Steve Harper has left Gardman

Sales director Steve Harper has left Gardman but a suggestion that this is linked to an acquisition of Solus brands seems not to be true. Read more

Steve Harper

WGC to automate supply chain

Wyevale has appointed Europe’s fastest growing provider of supply chain solutions to ‘ensure we have the right product, at the right place, at the right time’. Read more

Report reveals price Westland paid for William Sinclair

Insider Media claims that Westland paid £12.15m on completion for William Sinclair Holdings, with further payments to follow, according to a report to creditors by administrators. Read more

Sinclair goes into administration and is bought by Westland Horticulture

KPMG says there was no alternative to administration for William Sinclair Holdings plc. It was then bought by Westland Horticulture who immediately said it would be ‘business as normal’. Read more

Sinclair suspends shares

William Sinclair Holdings has announced that the Company's shares have been suspended from trading on AIM pending an announcement. Read more

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